49er ID Cards are contactless capable

All campus 49er ID cards are enhanced cards with an RFID chip and an additional number set for more secure campus transactions. All faculty, staff and students need an ID card with chip technology. (Cards prior to 2016 have been deactivated and are no longer valid.)

Cards are available in the 49er Card & Meal Plans Office (Click here for directions to Auxiliary Services Building 175, between Prospector and Craver Road).


  • Monday-Friday: 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed

What to Bring

  • Photo ID - current 49er ID Card, driver's license or passport

Activated Immediately

Student cards:

  • Meal plans (meal swipes and Declining Balance)
  • Campus spending accounts (49er Account, DB, ODA)
  • Campus housing access (resident students)

Faculty/staff cards:

  • Campus spending accounts (49er Account, ODA, Five-for-30)

Activated Overnight for Use Next Day

Student cards:

  • Library services
  • Gym, academic building, and lab access

Faculty/staff cards:

  • Library services
  • Gym, academic building, and lab access
  • Kronos timekeeping systems (staff ); those who use Kronos clocks should continue using their old card until this date.

Activated within Two Days

Charlotte Area Transit application (buses and light rail)

What’s different

Contactless card iconThe chip within the card allows for tapping at card readers, indicated by this icon. Most point-of-sale registers allow for tapping, as do many residence halls (see FAQ for a list).

The new 49er ID Cards will include two sets of numbers: one that identifies the card and one that identifies the person to whom the card belongs.

The nine-digit number that appears under the barcode is your permanent UNC Charlotte ID number. It begins with 800 or 801 and is linked to your University records (also known as the “Banner number”). This number does not change and will continue to be the one you use the most.

The 16-digit card number is a new addition to the card. It is a secure numerical standard that is used to link each card transaction to you. The number will change if the card is replaced.

For more information about the new 49er ID Cards, see the contactless card FAQ page or contact the 49er Card Office at 49ercard@uncc.edu or 704-­687­-7337.